Writing Competitions

Competition Listings – Please Read

Please note that apart from the Creative Writing Ink Free to Enter Competition and the Writing Prompt competition, all other listings are for external competitions. If you have a question about these competitions, please contact the competition organisers by clicking the website link in each listing. Unfortunately, we cannot assist with queries on external competitions. […]

Free Flash Fiction Competition

The Free Flash Fiction Competition (Competition Two) is open until February 23, 2021. Submit flash fiction on any theme, 100-300 words. Entry Fee: £1 through bank transfer / £1.40 by Paypal or Stripe One winner will receive £75. Two commended and two shortlisted stories will be published on the website. More here.

Scottish Arts Trust Story Awards

The Scottish Arts Trust Story Awards are open to writers worldwide. The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition is open until February 28, 2021. Submit stories on any topic up to 2000 words. First prize £1000, 2nd prize £500, 3rd prize £250 plus an additional award of £750 for the top story entered by an […]

500 Words for Falkirk

The 500 Words for Falkirk competition is open until January 31, 2021. Free to enter. Great Place Falkirk invites you to share a short story inspired by the people, history and landscape of the Falkirk area. The stories can be of any genre and can be based on your own experiences of the area, or […]

Poets & Players Competition 2021

The Poets & Players Competition 2021 is open until 1 March 2021 (midnight GMT). Prizes: £600, £200, £100, plus the opportunity to read at a Poets & Players event. The winning poems will be published on the website. Entry Fee: £4 for 1 poem, or £10 for 3 poems Judge: Seán Hewitt Full details here.

Saki Short Story Competition

The Saki Short Story Competition is open until June 30, 2021. Entry Fee: £5 or £12 for three stories 1st prize: £500, 2nd prize: £200, 3rd prize: £100. Maximum word count: 3000 words The stories do not have to be in the style of Saki, or about Manning’s Pit, the countryside that he loved as […]

Fantasy Banquet for Bibliophiles

The Fantasy Banquet for Bibliophiles is open until January 22, 2021. Free to enter. Describe in 1000 words, an imaginary banquet for book lovers, featuring literary characters, real or fictional, alive or dead. The winner will receive £500 and they will have their piece published in the quarterly journal. Full details here.

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

The Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (January 2021) is open until 31 January 2021. Judge: Oz Hardwick This competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long. Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world are eligible to enter. Prizes: £250, […]

WriteWords Competition

The WriteWords Competition is open until January 17, 2021. Entry fee: short stories £8, two entries £14 Poetry £6, two entries £10 Flash Fiction £7, two entries £12 Prizes include £100 for the winners of each category, £50 for the runners-up, publication in a print anthology, and more. Submit up to 40 lines of poetry, […]

Oxford Flash Fiction Prize 2021

The Oxford Flash Fiction Prize 2021 is open until January 31, 2021. Submit up to 1000 words. Entry fee: £6 for one story, £10 for two, £14 for three. Alongside a trophy, the first prize winner will receive £400, second prize winner, £200 and third prize, £100. All shortlisted entrants will be offered publication in […]

Guernsey International Poetry Competition

The Guernsey International Poetry Competition is open until January 15, 2021. Judge: Kate Clanchy The competition has three classes, Open (18 and over), which carries the £1000 first prize, Young People’s Category (11-17), and a third class for Channel Island residents (18 and over). Submit up to 14 lines per poem. Entry Fee: £4 per […]

Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2021

The Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2021 is open until March 1, 2021. Prizes: £1000, £500, £250 and publication in The Rialto. Additional Prize: A personal tour with Nick Davies of Wicken Fen the location of his long term research studies of cuckoos. Judge: Daljit Nagra The entry fee is £7 for the first poem […]

Magma Poetry Competition 2020/21

The Magma Poetry Competition 2020/21 is open until January 15, 2021. Entry fee: £5 for the first poem, £4 for the second and £3.50 for the third and each subsequent poem. Magma subscribers benefit from reduced fees, £4 for the first poem, £3 for the second, and £2.50 for the third and each subsequent poem. […]

Cheshire Prize for Literature 2020

The Cheshire Prize for Literature is open until January 31, 2021. Free to enter. They are looking for original and previously unpublished piece of creative work in one of four categories themed around all aspects of the pandemic including “lockdown” and what has become for us all the “new normal”. There’s a £500 prize for […]

Parracombe Prize 2020

The Parracombe Prize 2020 is open until January 31, 2021 (midnight). Submit a short story of no more than 2,020 words. First prize £100 Second prize £50 Two runner-up prizes £25 Each entry must be submitted online along with a £5 entry fee. You may enter up to three stories. More here.

Farnham Flash Fiction Competition 2021

The Farnham Flash Fiction Competition 2021 is open until June 4, 2021. The competition is part of the Farnham Fringe which is 30 days of art and performance in June in Farnham Surrey. Submit up to 500 words. Prizes: £75, £25, £25 and publication. Judge: Joanna Barnard Entry Fee: £5 More here.

#FlashFiction101

#FlashFiction101 is a monthly flash fiction competition. It’s free to enter. Deadline: midnight on the last day of every month. Each entry must be exactly 101 words. Prize: Set of Tortive Theatre’s Bard Cards. The winner will have their story published online, along with their biography and links to any other work. The winning entry […]

Closed: The Henshaw Competition

The Henshaw Short Story Competition is open until January 6, 2021. Submit a short story on any theme up to 2000 words.  Prizes: £200, £100, £50 Entry Fee: £6 The winning entries will also be published on the Henshawpress website and in an anthology. More here.

Elmbridge Literary Competition

The Elmbridge Literary Competition is open until February 5, 2021. Theme: Music In the 5-7 age category, submit stories up to 500 words. In the 8-11 and 11-13 categories, submit stories up to 1,000 words and in the other two categories (14-18 and 19 plus), it’s up to 1,500 words. You can also submit poems […]

Never Such Innocence 2020/21 Competition

The Never Such Innocence 2020/21 Competition is open until March 19, 2021. This year’s competition theme is ‘The Unheard Voices of Conflict: Stories from Around the World’. There are four categories: Poetry, Art, Speech and Song and the competition is open to young people aged 9-18. The winners in the four categories will be invited […]

The Canterbury Tales Writing Competition 2020/21

The Canterbury Tales Writing Competition 2020/21 is open until February 28, 2021. It comes from The Chaucer Heritage Trust. It’s their fourth annual writing competition for schools inspired by the works of Geoffrey Chaucer. The theme of the competition is: Be Careful What You Wish For! The competition is open to all students of school […]

Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition

The Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition is a quarterly short story competition. The closing dates are: 31st January, 30th April, 31st July, 31st October. Open to any theme or genre, but your story must be a maximum of 1,500 words (not including the title). Entry fees: £5 for the first, £3 for the second, £2 […]

Closed: WOW! Women On Writing Contests

The WOW! Women On Writing Contests are now open. WOW! Women On Writing Q1 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest Deadline: October 31, 2020 Submit creative nonfiction essays on any topic (200 – 1000 words) and in any style. Top 3 Prizes: $500, $300, $200, plus publication, an interview, and gift card good for one item from […]

Closed: Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition

The Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition is a quarterly international competition for stories between 180 and 360 words. Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250. Entry Fee: Choose your own! 50 long-listed authors will be offered publication in a print anthology and they will receive a free copy. They will also publish one story on their website every […]

Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition

The Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition is an ongoing monthly competition. No entry fee. Submit one story each month. Open theme, up to 1,000 words.

Free to Enter Creative Writing Ink Competition

Our Creative Writing Ink competition is open to writers of any nationality or age. Free to enter. Closing Date: Last date of every month. We’re looking for poetry, up to 40 lines. Open theme. You just have to submit your poem to us to info@creativewritingink.co.uk with “Creative Writing Ink Monthly Competition” in the subject line. […]

Writing Prompt Competition

We also run another free to enter competition, which is our writing prompt competition. It runs every two months. Prize: The prize changes every two months. For full details, please visit our Writing Prompts page.

The Writing Quarter Competition

The Writing Quarter Competition is a free to enter short story competition. The deadline is the last day of each month. Submit short stories of up to 3,000 words. Open theme. Monthly prize is AUD$30. The winning author will also be given the option to publish their story on the website. The competition is open to […]

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